Green Test Drive: Mazda3 gets surprising mileage using a blend of old and new technologies

Mazda doesn’t make any electric vehicles or hybrid models, but they are pretty darn serious about getting the most out of a gallon of gas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in its most recent Light Duty Fuel Economy Trends report named Mazda Motor Corporation as the most fuel-efficient auto manufacturer in the U.S. with a fleet-wide adjusted fuel economy performance of 27.1 miles per gallon. Didn’t know that? Read on.

How the US auto industry is creating jobs and cutting pollution while helping Americans save money

Imagine if our nation was offered a choice of how to spend half a trillion dollars of our wealth over the next two decades.
One option would be to send $350 billion overseas to the Middle East and other oil exporting countries, and the remainder on increasing oil industry revenues.
An alternative option would be to take that half a trillion dollars and invest $300 billion directly into the U.S. auto industry, put $200 billion back into consumers’ pockets, and create half a million new jobs while cutting emissions of dangerous carbon pollution.
Is this choice just a pipe dream? Is it too simplistic a way to look at things?
Hardly.

Green Test Drive: Toyota Highlander Hybrid

The Toyota Prius — for all its efficiency and gee-whiz gadgetry — is a two-bedroom condo kind of car. Not all families can live in a two-bedroom condo. Some families need room for mom and dad and Timmy and Sara and Ariel and Malcolm and Vic and grandma. Oh, and the dog. For those families, Toyota offers the Highlander Hybrid.